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Farthest from the Sun

Farthest from the Sun

10. August 2009
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APOTHEOSIS ist eine One-Man-Army aus Malta. Das hört man der Scheibe aber zu keiner Sekunde an, unglaublich, wie viele Ideen in einem einzigen Kopf stecken können. FARTHEST FROM THE SUN enthält zwar nur vier Lieder, diese kommen aber auf eine Gesamtspieltzeit von ca. 50 Minuten. Und wie man sich das jetzt denken kann ist es auch: Die Stücke sind vollgepackt mit Abwechslung. Das Grundgerüst der Musik bildet wie so oft der Black Metal, ist hier aber wirklich nur noch ein Gerüst. Ansonsten mischt der Alleinunterhalter mit dem kreativen Namen Sauron alles mögliche und unmögliche mit hinein. Schräge Chöre, mittelalterliche Melodien, Akkustikgitarren, undundund. Jeder Song bietet Tempowechsel und Ohrwurmelemente.
Die Produktion ist überraschend professionell und würde auch noch im Jahr 2014 als zeitgemäß wahrgenommen werden, vor allem bei einer derart kleinen Band, Hut ab dafür!

Ein absolutes Meisterwerk ist FARTHEST FROM THE SUN allerdings nicht geworden, mir persönlich missfällt, dass es nur zwei Extreme auf dieser Platte gibt: Ultraschnell und Extrem behäbig. Dadurch wirkt das Album an manchen Stellen etwas zerfahren. Einen halben Stern Abzug gibt's dafür und einen weiteren halben für das hässliche Cover, das beim Betrachter wirklich falsche Erwartungen erzeugt.
Trotzdem ist das APOTHEOSIS-Debut eine lohnenswerte Scheibe für alle aufgeschlossenen Black Metal Fans geworden. Sehr beeindruckend, dass hinter all dem nur eine einzige Person steckt, da kann sich so manch norwegisches Ein-Mann-Projekt mehr als nur eine Scheibe von abschneiden. Schade, dass bisher kein Nachfolger in Aussicht ist.
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Wenn eine CD im Black Metal Sektor nur 4 Titel bei 50 Minuten Spielzeit hat dann stimmt man sich im Vorfeld auf langatmige melancholische Stücke ein. Doch von DSBM keine Spur. Die CD wird mit einem 6 Minütigen Instrumental namens "Victory" eingeleitet, welches anfänglich sehr ruhig & folkig ist & nach & nach kriegerischer wird. Klingt sehr gut, hätte man jedoch kürzer bzw. straffer halten können.
Nach dieser, doch etwas längeren, Verschnaufpause kommen wir zum Hauptteil dieser Cd. Denn plötzlich fliegen einem rauhe Gitarren um die Ohren & die Raserei beginnt. Die Produktion der Scheibe ist wirklich sehr gut. Man hat den Klampfen einen sehr schroffen Sound verpasst, das allgegenwärtige Keyboard agiert dezent im Hintergrund. Die Drums kommen zwar aus der Konserve, sind aber sehr gut arrangiert.
Den schwarzmetallischen Anteil zu beschreiben fällt einem schwer, da in den Songs eine Menge passiert. Mal klingt es sehr thrashig, daraus entsteht eine Kälte, wie sie EMPEROR & ENSLAVED (zu "Frost" Zeiten) einst erschufen bevor es dann folkig bzw. mittelalterlich wird.
Beim 3. Song wird dann die Thrash Keule so richtig ausgepackt. Ohne aber die symphonischen Elemente zu vernachlässigen.
"Kingdom" ist dann wieder ein dramatischer Synphonic BM Brocken, der ohne Gesang auskommt & in einem wunderschönen Akkustikgeplänkel übergeht.
Für eine Einmann Band ist die CD eine beachtliche Leistung. Die Inspirationsquellen zu "Farthest from the Sun" schienen unerschöpflich gewesen zu sein. Kleinere Abzüge gibt es in der B-Note, so wirkt manch eine Passage etwas zerfahren.
Die Cd ist aus dem Jahre 2002 & leider hat man bisher kein weiteres Lebenszeichen von Sauron gehört.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A true gem. 23. März 2012
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Words cannot describe how much I love this album, and how much I think it is a rare find. The entire album is performed by a man from Malta named Denise Sauron, every single instrument is played by him. Think about that for a moment. The thing that is truly remarkable though is that not one of the instruments on this album sounds like it was played by an amatuer, he truly is proficient in all of them. The drumming and synth are particularly good; this man knows how to drum in a very entertaining manner as it isn't all fast double bass with constant blast beats and the occasional roll, he knows how to work the cymbals in a way that keeps a good beat and makes things fun to listen to. The synth/keyboard work is really great in a unique way, to me it strikes me as the sort of music you'd think of hearing in an old, really good fantasy RPG game, parts of it sound like they're almost borderline over the top and generic sounding, and yet somehow it is used to the benefit of the overall sound; none of it is over the top in a Dimmu Borgir grand orchestra sort of way and he uses it to paint the atmosphere of each song well. The guitar work is nothing amazing in terms of technicality, but he has a great tone and his riffs are entertaining (it isn't all just tremolo picked runs over and over) the solo on The Maimed God I would even go so far as to say is extremely good and is only held back by the fact that it seems like it could have been fleshed out a little more. Sadly there is very little singing on this album, because what singing is present is very good, solid grim vocals with good variation that yet again fit the songs perfectly without being over the top or cheesy.

Anyhow, I'm really not in the mood for being extensive or eloquent right now (even though this album deserves it). Suffice to say in 18 years of being a fan of Metal, and about 12 of scouring the earth for every little niche, obscure extreme music I could find, this album rates near the top. It really is a hidden masterpiece and I desperately hope this man makes more music, I wish I could find this album in stores as it is very very much worth owning a physical copy of it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Symphonic/Atmospheric Metal Delight 30. Oktober 2004
Von IcemanJ - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've decided to resubmit this review and add a lot to it. What I had before really didn't describe how much I enjoy this.

I don't know much about this band, but they are a very interesting and experimental new one-man project (a guy called Sauron) from Malta. Well, not really new, since he started in 1993 but his first (and currently only) full length didn't hit the streets until 2002. It looks like Sauron has struggled quite a bit getting serious attention with the demos and finally recording the full length. This album's songs were written over the course of seven years, The two songs with vocals were leftover and reworked from the demos, (one from 1995, one from 1997) and the two instrumental songs after the demo (one in 2000, one in 98-99).

I've never heard of any other band from Malta so that caught my attention, of course, after a friend suggested them to me. I love long, winding songs with a thousand different ideas and melodies/riffs, and switching back and forth to super-heavy parts and soft melodious parts. This album probably has the best contrast between total brutality and amazing, clean instrumental passages that I've heard since discovering Agalloch. They don't really switch from soft/heavy too suddenly though like Opeth's Morningrise for example, they ease into it more. I'd say this album is about 80% instrumental. Two songs are totally instrumental, that's about half right there, and the other two have vocals mostly at the beginning for around 6-7 minutes and then the rest of the track is instrumental.

"Victory" is a 6 minute instrumental opener track with a lot of synths/flutes/harps and a dark, icy medieval theme, along with a few roaring guitars. It *might* seem cheesy to some people but I really don't think so, I think it's quite epic and adventurous and excellently done to foreshadow the parts of songs that the listener will be hearing soon.

"The Maimed God" is a 16-minute song that begins with a faint synth'd violin melody, then rapidly turns into a violent black metal rampage with brilliant riffs, lots of synths and keyboards in the background, and harsh black metal style vocals. He makes it sound like there are multiple vocalists by manipulating "one" of the voices. After the first 7 or so minutes of vocals in this song, the chaos suddenly falls and there is a calm, icy synthetic melody that keeps shifting and changing to take you away to the vast mountains of... Malta. It kind of reminds me of Satyricon's "Dark Medieval Times" (the song itself) but even more varied and interesting. After that, there is a medieval violin melody which turns into an ominous, yet heroic low-pitched melody. The song turns into the heavier edge again, with some whispering and a few screams here and there, and keeps going for a little while more before fading into sounds of the icy stream.

"Raise the Dragon Banner" suddenly starts, and is similar to the second track; it begins the same way, and is 11 minutes. The beginning is quite thrashy and very fast with amazing riffs. About 7 minutes into the song, suddenly there is a scream and with that, the chaos suddenly stops and transforms into some mournful piano playing and the rest of the song is instrumental, with both heavy and soft parts, with guitars, pianos, and atmospheric sounds.

"Kingdom" is the real treat here; it's an overwhelming, epic instrumental. It's the song I heard before buying the CD, and the song that made me want to buy it. It starts with an intro that assures you it's going to be an epic masterpiece, which slowly keeps adding instruments to the same melody, unfolding to a grand climax then starting very fast guitars for a minute or so, then collapses into a soft acoustic melody, a warm touch to the song. The ideas keep flowing for the duration of the song, the innovation never burns out or sounds redundant, and leads up to a truly fantastic ending, including a little harp playing. When it is finally over it truly doesn't sound like it was over 16 minutes, which is an indication this guy knows how to make a song totally lure you in and forget about the rest of the universe.

Fans of Ulver's black metal, Borknagar, Emperor, Satyricon, Summoning, probably Bathory based on Sauron's obvious influences from them, and maybe Arcturus will probably like this, I can't think of bands more similar... Maybe even Agalloch fans will like it, I know I love Agalloch and they have some similarities but it's kind of a stretch. All this talk of synths and keyboards will probably repel most people, but I personally don't think they are cheesy, all bands are different and this is what this band consists of. All I know is, I like this a lot and you should buy it if you like atmospheric black metal. This is quite possibly the best CD that I've discovered in 2004 so far. I really, really hope this guy comes out with some more albums, because based on this, he has potential by the truckload and I can't wait to hear what else he comes up with. I just hope he can make what can be considered a full discography before I am a great-grandfather. Don't get me wrong, I don't really mind the fact that this took 9 years to come out, if that's how long it takes to make something this good, then ok, but I just hope he can do it a little faster.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen More on this title 8. November 2002
Von Nathanael D. Robinson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One review was not enough. This release is simply spectacular. After more research and listening I've come to learn that this album is written and performed by one man going by the name of Sauron, que the awe inspiring double takes here. This does not sound like it's coming from one musician alone. It's just too big, too grand. According to the liner notes, Sauron has come a long way from his first release in terms of quality, especially considering the equipment he was using when he started his first project as noted here in. I thought this demo/album sounded a little TOO good for a first time out. You will not be disappointed in the production of this demo/album. I can tell you it sounds amazing in 6 speaker car audio and I began to really pick up the precision of the playing while listening to this through a pair of JBL N38 towers. This is a masterwork of metal. "Raise The Dragon Banner" is exquisite in it's raging speed. Some of the work on this album is moving so visciously that you can actually pick up melodies within melodies if that makes sense. A mass of notes and chords are thrown together at just the right tempo to create 3 or 4 tones making up other melodies (making an excellent thrash factor). Again, there is a noise factor in parts, but the vocals break it up rather well. Everything that's out there right now is here with a few additional surprises but the definite difference is that Sauron does it better than anyone I've heard up to this point. Black metal is full of posers and I was beginning to give up finding quality music based in the volumes within the genre. If Farthest From The Sun is an example of things to come, maybe I'll just stick around for a while longer. Apotheosis = talent and I have to give respect to someone who is obviously very passionate and imaginative when it comes to the work.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very Nice Work 5. November 2002
Von Nathanael D. Robinson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Is it OK to borrow music from strangers? Yes. This was an awesome black metal treat. I looked on the back and I saw 4 songs listed and I immediately figured that this was a demo that would probably sound like ..., right? Wrong, while it seems to be a demo it certainly does not sound like one. The production of this disc really struck me first. I heard keyboard melody and the usual electronics come out and I expected that this would be an intro to a mighty noise polluted mess, but this was over the top all the way. The melody was epic and things were only getting better through the rest of this near 60 minute metal soundscape. The vocal department is death all the way but we also get spoken dialogue which really impressed me. However, nothing hokey here, and the vocals were few and far between which really makes me happy with this listen. More focus is put on the music itself, its composition, than the lyrics. The music is obviously more enjoyable when you have someone that can actually make everything work together. The electronics imposed on the album were tasteful and very fresh, nothing that could take away, only material that added to the music. The rifs were understandable, a must for this metalhead, minus the noise which this disc does have, but very very limited. Intelligeable thrash is something that this genre is lacking (from what I've already heard). Apotheosis has this and uses it for all its crunching potential where bands like Dimmu Borgir almost triumph but never tread very long. You will hear the difference without a doubt. I heard something for everyone on this disc. The work they (or he?) did for this, well...someone saved a lot of money, worked hard, and wanted to make the most of their/his time in the studio. Very well done, and thanks Edgar.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Instrumental, Experimental and still old-fashioned 24. Januar 2003
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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At first it all seems lucid, transparent and dazzling. "Victory", the first of 4 tracks is an instrumental epic-piece of about 6 minutes long. The all intro dignifies what is to come, the grand unfold of Apotheosis greatness. Then, well then, we have "The Maimed God", a sudden twist to the other side of the coin, the ferocious Black Metal charge with all the pre-existing elements of symphony/electronic incorporated. When the song hits the 3 minutes and 12 seconds, the pinnacle is achieved. I go berserk. As simple as that, the riff is astonishing, mind-blowing, it's one of those riffs that makes you proud of listening to Black Metal for so many years. But that's not all, this second track is about 16 minutes so the listener will not rest until the march into the icy waters is completed, and not just one riff will stick in your memory, there's plenty of good moments on this record. If not by the primacy of those great Black Metal assaults, the all ambience in which some parts of the music melt into are quite remarkable, and dreamy. It sort of evolves the listener into this fantasy world of superstitious conceptions. It's hard to imagine how Sauron, the sole-creator, has managed to blend these two dimensions and converge them into one style. Surely wasn't an easy task to come across in a country such as Malta, his fatherland where the first endeavours date back from late '93.
"Raise the Dragon Banner" follows, and again my ears wander with agitation. I'm perplexed, the guitar work is something to stress out here, the riffs are good, the overall feeling certainly will appeal to many.
"Kingdom", the last experimental piece, definitely shows many influences of Thrash Metal in what concerns structures and guitar patterns, the rhythms are dynamic and straightforward with an enormous aura emanating from the chilling synthesiser arrangements. To sum it all up, "Farthest From the Sun" is a difficult album to surpass/compare due to it's rather experimental style. Sauron is fortunately capable of delivering heavy music without sounding too wimpy on the epic/classical parts, or plain and simple dull to what concerns the Black Metal aspect. The drums are all recorded with a drum-machine, and although some hits & rolls sound somewhat phoney, most of it is well-accomplished and clever. Fans of other NAP bands such as Sirius, Odium or Limbonic Art will definitely appreciate this album, lets just cross our fingers to wait for what's coming next.
Abyss Magazine @ Nuno M. [CR]
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